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My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, businesses in West Michigan added 9,500 jobs during the first quarter of 2014.

That’s according to a newly released report by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Analysts found employment in West Michigan’s six metropolitan areas jumped 1.1 percent.    The biggest increases were reported in manufacturing and private service sectors.   

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, employers added 7,200 jobs in the first quarter, driving down the area’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent.   Analysts say there was solid growth across all sectors, and they expect the job market to remain strong in the coming months.

My Town Grand Haven: Business complex to be rebuilt after roof collapse

My Town Grand Haven: Business complex to be rebuilt after roof collapse

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Repairs are coming to a business damaged by the harsh West Michigan winter.

In April, heavy snow caused a portion of the roof to collapse at 725 Taylor Ave.   The 80,000 square foot facility is home to multiple businesses.  CD Barnes Construction was called in to demolish a 7,000 square foot portion of the building that was deemed unsafe by engineers.  Now the Grand Haven business is teaming up with NPI Holdings to rebuild the facility.  Construction is expected to begin later this month and wrap up early this fall.

The building at 725 Taylor Ave. once served as a temporary home to D. Baker and Son Lumber, which was forced to relocate after heavy snow crushed its roof in 2011.  The 143-year-old business has since moved into a new warehouse located on the same site.

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Pump House is celebrating the opening of its second frozen yogurt bar in downtown Grand Haven.

The new shop celebrated its soft (and tasty) opening June 6 inside the facility that formally housed Wirick Office Products, at 20 North Harbor Drive.  Construction crews spent several months renovating the 3,300 square foot space, creating a vintage beach shack atmosphere that complements the community.  The new yogurt bar features reclaimed wood, a toppings bar resembling a boat and Adirondack chairs and swings lining the facility’s windows.  The menu includes more than 100 toppings and 14 yogurt pumping stations.

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

Coast Guard seeks comments on allowing river barges in eastern Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has begun the formal process of collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow river barge traffic on the east side of Lake Michigan as far north as the Port of Muskegon. The proposal, which is being championed by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA), has wide support from businesses, agriculture and local elected officials and is expected to bring more opportunities for economic development and growth to Michigan.

 

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—   Love INC will begin accepting patients at its new free health care clinic this Thursday, June 5.

The nonprofit organization says it needed to adopt a new space because the Ottawa County Health Department’s new offices on South Beechtree Street do not have enough space to house both the health department and free clinic.

That’s when the North Ottawa Community Health System stepped in.  Health clinic coordinator Erin VanStelle says the organization was meeting with NOCHS President and CEO Shelleye Yaklin about an unrelated topic in April when the conversation turned to Love INC’s need for a new clinic location.

“It was only a couple weeks later that Shelleye called and told us the hospital was going to donate the space,” added VanStelle.

Love INC Executive Director Katie Appold says the phone call was a true answer to prayer.

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Registration is now open at the Loutit District Library for a free entrepreneur and business workshop presented by Muskegon Community College business professor Tom Schurino that would help anyone realize their dream of owning and running their own business.

Schurino’s workshop titled, "How to Start Your Own Small Business in Michigan"  will be presented on Saturday, June 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s program room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.